The Kybalion. For free. On Google Books. It’s Hermetic. From 1908.

Awesome occult mood-setting imagery from FellI recently read on Boing Boing about a book that expounds on The Secret, un-commercially called The Secret Source: The Law of Attraction is One of Seven Hermetic Laws: Here Are the Other Six (link). Using the usual occult description (whereas I just throw in clich? occult imagery for effect… though it did come up in an image search for “Kybalion”):

The Secret Source goes above and beyond the media phenomenon known as The Secret to reveal the powerful occult doctrines that gave birth to ‘The Law of Attraction.’

The Secret Source traces the seven Hermetic Laws back to ancient Greece and Egypt and shows how they filtered down through various religions and into the mainstream consciousness of the modern world. This book provides the actual texts and fascinating stories behind the ‘Emerald Tablet,’ the Kabbalistic treatise known as ‘The Kybalion,’ and the prosperity consciousness beliefs of the New Thought movement that have given sustenance to health and wealth-oriented seekers of every generation since the late 19th century.

If you recognized the power behind ‘The Law of Attraction’ but felt ambivalent about The Secret’s materially-driven, infomercial style approach, you will appreciate this deeper understanding and examination of the Law’s true nature.

Or you can just read The Kybalion here for free on Google Books. (Wikipedia entry.) Enjoy.

The Seven Principles of Kybalion Awesomeness:-

  • Principle of Mentalism
    The Principle of Mentalism embodies the truth that “All is Mind.”
  • Principle of Correspondence
    The Principle of Correspondence embodies the idea that there is always a correspondence between the laws of phenomena of the various “planes” of being and life. As above, so below; as below, so above.
  • Principle of Vibration
    The Principle of Vibration embodies the idea that motion is manifest in everything in the Universe, that nothing rests, and everything moves, vibrates, and circles.
  • Principle of Polarity
    The Principle of Polarity embodies the idea that everything is dual, everything has two poles, and everything has its opposite.
  • Principle of Rhythm
    The Principle of Rhythm embodies the idea that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, a to and fro, a flow and inflow, a swing backward and forward, a pendulum-like movement.
  • Principle of Cause and Effect
    The Principle of Cause and Effect explains that there is a cause for every effect, and an effect for every cause. It also states that there is no such thing as chance, that chance is merely a term indicating extant causes not recognized or perceived.
  • Principle of Gender
    The Principle of Gender embodies the idea that there gender is manifested in everything. The authors state this does not relate to “sex,” but to “… beget; to procreate, to generate, to create, or to produce” in general. Gender is manifested as the Masculine and Feminine principles, and manifests itself on all planes. [More on this here.]


  1. Thank you. It is thus that the most fascinating literature does thrust itself into the light. I am sure this will be a pleasant read.

  2. There are plenty of other full-text versions that are downloadable (printable and/or easier to read). The book’s long been out of copyright, so I’m surprised at the Google book’s claim that it’s copyrighted.

    The google books version looks kinda like a clunky cut and paste.

  3. Feel free to post links to any PDFs or better versions. I didn’t care as I could peruse this one just fine. 🙂

  4. There are three alternate versions listed on the Wikipedia article.

  5. Voil?! Thanks, Brenden!

  6. Good find though, Fell. And I like how Process Media is capitalizing on the Secret’s success (not being sarcastic, I do thinkn it’s a good thing).

  7. Kyblion

    Haven’nt read it but I’ve read
    Mind Reality by Enoch Tan so I’m here.
    Free text copy

    I don’t know if that’s the right one as my copy has 72 pages. Maybe 27 is a misprint. It’s free.

  8. Interesting to notice that if you read the Kybalion, easily you?ll discover that all ocultism, new age, spiritual knowledge that is presented today has a foundation on at least one of the 7 principles. Hermes Trimegistus, the three times great, has lived in the most ancient times, before Moses and maybe even a contemporary teacher of Abrahan.
    “But among these great Masters of Ancient Egypt there once dwelt one of whom Masters
    hailed as ?The Master of Masters.? This man, if ?man? indeed he was, dwelt in Egypt in the
    earliest days. He was known as Hermes Trismegistus. He was the father of the Occult
    Wisdom; the founder of Astrology; the discoverer of Alchemy.”

    My contribution:

    ?The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of Understanding.??The Kybalion.

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